Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Can We Talk? — On July 7, CNN fired its senior editor of Middle East affairs, Octavia Nasr, after she published a Twitter message saying, “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah,” one of the most prominent Lebanese Shiite spiritual leaders who was involved in the founding of the Hezbollah militia.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
The Art of Trolling: Inside a 4chan Smear Campaign — Last night, the users of 4Chan.org's notorious /b/ message board decided declared war on the lead singer of an obscure electro-pop band. More than 12 hours later, they're still waging it. This is how the Internet's worst trolls works.
Discussion: dygiscape and Runnin' Scared
Peter Preston / Guardian:
The Mail's online miracle: or how to get paid without a paywall — The debate is always black and white: put up a paywall or lose money. But the Daily Mail's website is getting so big it needn't do either — Inside Mail HQ at Northcliffe House in London, print and online editions are run separately.
More on books, technology, Luddism — Image: Phiz. “Engraving of a rioting mob of Luddites.” 1813. From the LIFE archive at Google. — In response or in addition to the two essays this week on the future of reading and writing, we've asked the authors, as well as editor Mark Greif, to answer us two questions.
Molly Fischer / New York Observer: Ben Kunkel: We've Gotten Dumber, but Funnier
Richard Lawson / Gawker:
Rupert Murdoch to Staff: Don't Slack Off Just Because It's Summer — Crikey! Ragin' media bandicoot Rupert Murdoch, owner of News Corp., would like his slaves/employees to know that, despite it being languid, lazy summer, he doesn't want anyone taking a relaxed attitude toward work.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Andrew Alexander / Washington Post:
Why the silence from The Post on Black Panther Party story? — Thursday's Post reported about a growing controversy over the Justice Department's decision to scale down a voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party. The story succinctly summarized the issues …
Discussion: Mediaite, Media Matters for America, The Politico and The Week
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite: Civil Rights Commission Official: GOP Using Black Panthers To ‘Topple’ Obama
Media Matters / Media Matters for America: Republican National Lawyers Association fundraises off of New …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Yes, Even Big Professional Journalism Operations Make Mistakes — For the most part, the way this blog works is that we write stories based on what's being reported on elsewhere, and add some analysis or opinion or response to the story. Then, we let the discussion happen.
Matt Zimmerman / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
San Mateo D.A. Withdraws Controversial Gizmodo iPhone Warrant — Today, San Mateo Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan granted an application by the San Mateo County D.A.'s office to withdraw the controversial warrant it obtained to search the house of Gizmodo.com journalist Jason Chen.
Discussion: GroundReport.com, Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, TUAW, Fast Company, MacRumors, SlashGear, The Loop, Poynter Online, Silicon Alley Insider and Boing Boing
Matt Schafer / GroundReport.com: Are Bloggers Journalists? Judge Says, Don't Confuse “New Media” with “News Media”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: DA Withdraws iPhone 4 Warrant, Returns Gizmodo Editor Jason Chen's Possessions
Dan Nosowitz / Fast Company: San Mateo Judge Orders Gizmodo's Stolen iPhone Search Warrant Be Withdrawn
Evan Selleck / SlashGear: iPhone 4 Prototype Warrant Withdrawn
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop: D.A. withdraws search warrant for Gizmodo editor's house
Damon Kiesow / Poynter Online: DA withdraws search warrant for Gizmodo editor in iPhone investigation
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider: Court Kills Search Warrant In Gizmodo-iPhone Case, But Gawker …
Andrew Porter / Telegraph:
Licence fee for ‘wasteful’ BBC will be cut — Television viewers can soon expect to pay less for their BBC licence fee as part of the austerity drive in public spending, Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, will signal on Saturday. — The broadcaster has been responsible for …
Discussion: BBC News
Lauren Kirchner / CJR:
New Magazines and Books to Launch on iPad — Although I am loath to give Richard Branson any more publicity than he already gets, I was intrigued to read that Virgin is launching a new consumer magazine called Maverick, to be available exclusively for iPad and iPhone, and eventually Android.
Discussion: MediaPost, Digits and Fast Company
Erik Sass / MediaPost: Virgin To Debut Digital Mag ‘Maverick’
Yoree Koh / Digits: Japanese Author Skirts Publishers With iPad Novel
Alexandra Alter / Wall Street Journal:
Luxury Lit: A Book For $75,000 — Publishers are marketing elaborate editions with all sorts of pricey features, banking on them to grow in value like rare coins or artworks — For $75,000, you can buy a piece of Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar. — Luxury publisher Kraken Opus mixed …
Molly Fischer / New York Observer: Books as Objects of Beauty, Blood Sport
The Morning News:
Paper Tigers [Roundtables] — Sports are stupid. Beautiful. Dull. Transcendent. Most of all, they're more than just games, and MATT ROBISON's assembly of sports writers, critics, freaks, and authors tell us why.
Michael Cieply / Media Decoder:
No Future for Box-Office Exchanges — Plans to open exchanges that would trade in movie box-office futures died on Thursday, as the Senate passed financial reform legislation that includes a provision banning the proposed practice. The legislation was already passed by the House, and moved to President Obama for his signature.
Discussion: Speakeasy and Tubefilter News
Christopher John Farley / Speakeasy: ‘Inception’ Tops Box Office
Marc Hustvedt / Tubefilter News: ‘Inception’ Spoof Videos Are Already Here